Tuesday, May 28, 2019

CAA Careers: Animator position at Framestore, London

Framestore are on the lookout for an Animator! 


  • Working closely with the Animation Lead and Supervisor to produce high quality animation which creates compelling, story-driven and action packed moments that fit within the style and pacing of the film
  • Working closely with the Rigging and Pipeline departments providing suggestions and feedback to improve character setup, visual quality, rigs and tool functionality
  • Animating both primary and secondary characters and elements
  • Meeting schedules and show deadlines
  • Ongoing communication with Production and Lead regarding schedules and deadlines
  • Working efficiently as part of a team, or independently, to complete assigned shots
  • Submitting shots for review and follow through with notes and feedback if required
  • Continuing to become familiar with new tools, software, data and other related technology

Essential Skills:
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • A thorough knowledge of Maya
  • An understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, texture and form
  • An understanding of rigs and typical rigging set-ups, animation pipelines and transferring data between tools
  • The proven ability to work under pressure
  • Being open to direction and able to embrace change
  • Attention to detail
  • Reliable, with good time keeping and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent organisation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrable commitment to creative collaboration within a team and with other departments
  • Adaptability and the willingness to learn new processes and technical skills

Desirable Skills:
  • A working knowledge of Modeling, Rigging and Mel/Python scripting
  • Previous experience working with motion capture data
  • A traditional animation and/or art background
  • Knowledge of human and animal anatomy as well as life drawing skills
For full details, see HERE

Saturday, May 25, 2019

CAA Careers: Motion Design workshop with Mainframe

Created Academy are back with their series of 'Lates'... talks and workshops that get you up close and personal with industry!

On the 13th June, they are hosting a workshop with MAINFRAME. 

Get exclusive insights into the day to day world of working at a major studio, get your work reviewed by industry professionals and leave with a secret or two in your pocket.

What you'll get... 

Project X: From Brief To Delivery

We’ll kick off with a talk by the pros at Mainframe. They’ll take you through how they brought to life one of their latest motion design projects, running through the whole process from the client brief to the finished article. There will then be a Q&A session where you can questions about the project.

Portfolio Hustle

And it gets better. You’ll then be paired up with motion design professionals who’ll give feedback on your work and advice on how to improve your portfolio.

This event is FREE so as you can imagine, places will be snapped up fast... go HERE for full details and booking.

CAA Careers: 'Inside Bloomsbury Publishing for Animators and Video Editors'

Coming up on the 20th June...

Inside Bloomsbury Publishing for Animators and Video Editors


Step inside Bloomsbury headquarters as they talk openly about how they work with animators and video makers to create inspiring films about their books.

Here's what you can expect...


'In a brand new event series, Inside Bloomsbury, we open up about how we create and publish our books by inviting key members of the Bloomsbury team to talk about what they do in more detail than ever before.
In this fourth event of the series, we bring together members of our talented marketing team to talk about the way they use video content like animations, trailers and stories in their campaigns, especially on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, to engage with an author's readers and fans online. 

We're delighted to have TrĂ¢m-Anh Doan, Head of Digital Marketing, joined by Anthony and Jason from Robot Ninja, a creative video collective, who are responsible for some of our most successful videos like this one. They'll be joined on stage by Rachel Wilkie, Senior Marketing Manager, who will chair the discussion and also give her own insights into commissioning thrilling trailers and exciting videos for our biggest fiction books like this one. Throughout their discussion, we will be showing real examples of videos from our campaigns. 

If you're an animator or video editor who works with publishers, or aspires to do so, we hope this event will give vital information about how publishers plan their campaigns with regards to video content. More than that, how do they decide who to work with on each title and what is the process for briefing, sign-off and measuring success?
We hope you're free to join us.

Date: Thursday, June 20th
Timing: Drinks served from 6pm, talk starts promptly at 6:30pm. Q&A from 7:45pm. Event ends at 8pm.
Venue: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road / Goodge Street

Tickets: £15 for Adults / £10 Students and Concessions/ £5 for video access only. Tickets include a free drink reception before the talk.'

Discounts available for groups of 5 or more!

Full details and booking HERE

Thursday, May 23, 2019

CAA Careers: Exciting work opportunity with The Flying Colour Company

The Flying Colour Company are now launching their 2019 post-graduate recruitment campaign!  

Here's what they have to say -

The Flying Colour Company is a visual effects facility based in the heart of Soho.
We are an independent company and have established ourselves as one of the leading providers for VFX in London. We specialise in high-endscripted drama and film VFX for Independent and also Studio Feature films. 
In 2018,The Flying Colour Company initiated a post graduate recruitment campaign, whereby we employed two trainee artists and provided them with a Flying Colour Co training program that they both passed. They then went on to gain hands-on experience and are now very much a key part of our in house artist team. Following the success of this program, we are now commencing with our 2019 post-graduate recruitment campaign.  

We are looking for a number of creative individuals, for various trainee positions. It is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to become a VFX artist. You would have the chance to work alongside some of the most creative and experienced minds in the VFX world, combined with our training schedule you would be able to get a head start in your VFX career. The training will take place in our relaxed and spacious environment on Carnaby Street, with access to our rapidly increasing state of the art technology.The ideal candidates should: 

Be highly motivated, creative, hard-working and have an excellent work ethic
Have an understanding of the VFX post production workflow 
Have reasonable knowledge of 2D compositing and or 3d modelling 
It would be beneficial but not essential to have experience with Autodesk Flame & Flare or Maya and potentially Nuke
Be able to excel as a collaborative team member and support and assist the team.  Day to day tasks will include roto, tracking, paint and clean up VFX and could potentially include assistance in 3d modelling, lighting, texturing and animation as well as data management

We really want to encourage and nurture enthusiastic, hardworking individuals, who will gain experience and ideally increase their knowledge base and skills within The Flying Colour Company. We are looking to fill new full-time positions and invest in tomorrows talent; this is a genuine opportunity that we are very proud to be providing.These are fulltime positions, they are not zero hour or freelance positions.Please note these are not production or on set roles. Enthusiasm and interest in visual effects and post production are a must.If you believe you have the correct credentials, motivation and are genuinely enthused by this advertisement, please send your CV with application letter to 

Closing date for applications is Friday 21st June. 

For more information about The Flying Colour Company, visit: www.theflyingcolourcompany.com 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

FAO CAA Year 2: End of Year Tutorials Cancelled

Year 2: End of Year Tutorials

Due to third year assessments and UCA staff meetings, second year end of year tutorials scheduled for Friday 17th May will be cancelled. However, your Premise and Toolkit 2 assessments and feedback will be available online (on myUCA) for you to read either by the end of Friday 17th or the start of Monday 20th May. If anyone wishes to discuss their grade or feedback, please contact me via email. Thanks Alan

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Tombola Of Dreams 2019 - And The Winner Is....

A rabbit, a sunflower and a lobster walk into a bar...

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets for Friday's Tombola of Dreams 2019 Prize Draw! Between us we raised the princely sum of £1120!  Congratulations team!

Well, this is terrifying.

Ah yes - Computer Animation Arts - so gritty, so edgy...

The prize table!

And so it begins...

Yes, but, seriously, what is it?

The joy in this picture is real.

Yep. Still a bit terrifying.

These lightsabers are shit...

This cigar is amazing!

Make no mistake, I will kill you with this.

There is no caption that can do justice do this moment... 

Just moments after this photograph has taken, Nelly actually combusted spontaneously...

Just moments after this photograph has taken, Katie actually gave this book to someone else....

I'm just so happy!

I'm relatively happy

Vincent (far left) watches the course leader handling more balls and plots his next innuendo...

Paris wins 'Val'.... Um, who is Val? Anyone?

Noah's expression is difficult to interpret: is it 'Hmmmm - a Harry Potter Funko figure, nice...' or is it 'Hmmmm - a Harry Potter Funko figure,  stupid bloody lobster - I will kill him in his sleep...'?

So happy!

I'm still just so happy!

Happy? Terrified? Blind drunk? You decide.

I am Groot.

Yes, I'm afraid this is yours now, Adri... 

Do not approach these people - they are very dangerous and they will end you.

Ah, the classic Monopoly pincer manoeuvre! 

Noah has been mesmerised by forces unknown

Frankie + Alfie = 'Falfie' - bless!

Agreed, this prize does look very boring... 

More landfill! Yay!

Laura has either just won a keyboard... or the most boring box of chocolates in the world...

Confusion? Despair? Dementia? You decide!

Frankie giving us a bit of blue steel there...

Disbelief? Excitement? Trapped wind? You decide!

This was the moment when the evil giant lobster snatched the Nintendo Switch out of Emily's hot little hands... Boo! Hiss!

And this was the moment Rhia won the Nintendo Switch! Hurrah!